CL: Real Madrid leave out Gareth Bale for Napoli clash despite being fit

Gareth Bale

Madrid: Gareth Bale will have to wait for his return to action after three months out as the Welshman wasn't included in Zinedine Zidane's squad for Real Madrid's Champions League clash with Napoli today.

Bale only returned to full training for the first time on Sunday since suffering ankle ligament damage in November.

"He has had nearly three months out and we have to go slowly with Gareth," said Zidane. "It is his first week training with the team. He has had two training sessions, physically he is good...we will see if he is in the squad at the weekend. He is recovered and back with the team which is the most important thing," Zidane added.

Ronaldo fit to play
Midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo is included in Zidane's 19-man squad for the first leg of the European champions' last 16 tie after shrugging off a knock picked up in Saturday's 3-1 win at Osasuna.

High-risk match
Meanwhile, more than 2,000 security personnel will secure today's clash at the Bernabeu. It is expected that more than 4,000 Italian fans will attend the tie. The match is considered high-risk, which prompted the authorities to strengthen safety measures.

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